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The first international community is born in Brazil

15/09/2016: Brazil

Being the Marian face of the Church, creating a space so that brothers and laity can share life, faith and mission, being an evangelising presence between children and youth who are in vulnerable situations.

This is the goal of the first international community of the Lavalla200> Project that is being launched, in the América Sur region, and that launched its activity on Sept. 1 in Tabatinga in the Amazon.

The LaValla200> Project proposes immediate action for the Institute to promote, in all regions, the creation of mixed communities of brothers and laity, of different places around the world, that commit themselves to give new and bold answers to the changes and needs of the world today.

According to Superior General Brother Emili Turú, the proposal of living with brothers and laity of different nationalities is going in that direction.

“We are initiating a new form of Christian life in the Church, living in communion between religious and laity and respecting the different vocations that are mutually enrichening,” he affirmed.

Since the last general chapter of the Institute, which took place in 2009, the idea of creating international communities began to take shape.

Participants of the general conference of 2013 decided to create at least two international communities in each of the Institute’s six regions: Africa, Asia, América Sur, Europe and Oceania.

 

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One of the members of the community is the lay missionary Verónica Rubi. Born in Argentina, Verónica has been working in the Marist Institute for over two decades. 

“Always within the Marist field, the mission has always been turning itself into something each time more important in my life,” stated Verónica.

Its preparation to participate in the international community began at least two years ago.

“I presented my availability to the Institute to go again in a mixed community on this occasion,” she continued. “ I arrived to Amazonia in 2014, specifically to Tabatinga.”

About her expectations, Veronica tells us that she is very happy to participate in this historic moment of the Institute.

“The challenge is great and exciting,” she affirmed. “We have the presence of the Spirit that precedes us at all times and we walk with Him, in communion with many other Champagnat Marists worldwide.”

In addition to Veronica, the community includes brother Íñigo García of Spain; Brother Justin Golding, of Australia and a lay woman, Peggy Vivas from Venezuela.

The international community will use the existing structure in Tabatinga, of the community of the Brasil Sul-Amazônia Province, where it is already established the presence of the Brothers has already been consolidated. The official inauguration of the community will be on Sept. 18.

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